Pikes Peak region Air Force bases on shortlist to house U.S. Space Command

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/The Gazette) - Four Air Force bases in Colorado are on the shortlist to permanently house the headquarters for United States Space Command.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says Space Command will "obviously" come to Huntsville (Source: Gray DC)

The country's 11th unified combat command is already being formed in Colorado Springs, and the city is a leading candidate for the headquarters to remain permanently.

The command was initially created in 1985 and operated in Colorado Springs until 2002, when the nation's focus shifted towards terrorism, resulting in the command merging with U.S. Strategic Command. Last year, President Donald Trump ordered that the command be re-established.

The command is not the same as the president's proposed Space Force, which would be an entirely seperate military branch, but is viewed by many as a step towards its eventual creation. U.S. Space Command will lead the satellite efforts of all military services while overseeing defense of American military satellites and combat in space.

Candidate locations include Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Schriever Air Force Base and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and Alabama's Redstone Arsenal.

The Air Force anticipates a final decision on location to come this summer.